My wife and I were returning from Pennsylvania this past weekend, when I saw a license plate that read Ask12B1. That got me thinking in two different directions. The most obvious was the fact that our language is changing. Some may claim it is deteriorating, others say it is becoming outmoded. But, in reality, it is simply evolving–as all languages have since the beginning of time.
I have had a hard time keeping up with the current crop of new words and acronyms that seem to change almost daily. Remember, I’m still one of those guys who doesn’t even own a cell phone. I do, however, have a small presence on Facebook, Twitter, and this website, so I’m not totally archaic. Seeing what people do to the English language in the name of speed and convenience is sometimes scary.
But the license plate also got me thinking about what it actually meant. Ask one to be one. I kind of liked the sound of that until I realized it was a slogan for Free Masons. According to Adam B, a self-proclaimed Mason, Freemasonry is a fraternity that believes in brotherhood, relief and truth to all of mankind. We also believe in religious and political freedom and tolerance for everyone’s beliefs. Sounds very democratic and American, doesn’t it?
The thing is, God never intended for democracy in general or America specifically to be the poster-child for how He wants things to be on this earth. He wants a theocracy (rule by God) and His “constitution” and “bill of rights” is His Word–both the written and in the person of His Son, Jesus–the embodiment of the Word.
And while big revivals and rallies are always impressive and do much to advance His Kingdom, most of the progress toward His theocracy is done on the individual level–face to face. And if we want to use the ask one to be one plan, it shouldn’t be directed to the non-Christian, but rather to the Christian. If what we have as Christians is worth having, then shouldn’t we be asking others if they are interested, too? Even if they speak what seems to be an “alien” language?
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 55:10-11)
Notice that God ultimate purpose of feeding us comes after the rain and snow, the sowing and the budding, and the harvesting and the baking. We almost never know which part of the process sharing our testimony will be. All we know is that God said His Word will never return to Him empty. So share that Word and cast your vote for eventual theocracy. T2UNW! (Talk to you next week!)